BRIDGING THE GAP
It’s good to see PNCC are listening to people over the new cycling and pedestrian bridge.
Firstly, note it was primarily designed as a cycle bridge The dual use is a bonus, just like the sealed parts of the bridle path. The government would not be providing $3million from the Urban Cycle Fund for the project if this was not so. So please call it a cycling/pedestrian bridge, or if you have to leave one out for brevity, leave out the pedestrians – it’s the potential use by cyclists that has funded it.
Fortunately the council only has to listen to misguided opinions on driver behaviour around this bridge when it consults, it does not have to act on them. There is no evidence that drivers park in large numbers by the Fitzherbert Bridge or in the Esplanade to cycle to Massey in order to save on parking fees now. So there is no way it will happen in Riverdale where the new bridge will cross.
Wherever it ends up, it will also serve as a huge recreational asset to the city for cyclists, pedestrians and the mobilityimpaired alike. Bring it on!
Phil Etheridge Palmerston North